GREENSBORO — Thanks to the Rotary Club of Greensboro, a custom-made carousel will turn in June on the grounds of the Greensboro Science Center.
More than 500 people turned out Tuesday to see the completed circular Joseph M. Bryan Carousel House that will house it — and the colorful, carved animals that will decorate it. Guests mingled inside and out, in a plaza featuring a 20-foot clock tower sponsored by Schiffman’s Jewelers.
The Rotary Club has raised more than $2.9 million toward its $3 million goal to finance the project that marks its 100th anniversary in 2017. Anything raised above that will go into a maintenance fund to help the science center operate the carousel, said Ray Covington, a club member and a leader in the effort.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, Carousel Works of Mansfield, Ohio, will install it by the end of May. After a week-long test period, it should open at the beginning of June and operate year-round.
It will become part of the newly-formed Battleground Parks District, more than 400 acres encompassing the science center, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, Country Park and Tannenbaum Historic Park.
Glenn Dobrogosz, science center chief executive officer, called the carousel the third game-changing moment in his tenure, after the opening of Animal Discovery and Wiseman Aquarium. “It sets the tone for everything else to come in the park district project,” he said.